The UCLA Film and Television TV Writing Summer Institute introduces students to writing for television in Hollywood. This track mirrors the practice of professional writers in the world of episodic television and digital media by teaching students how to develop original series concepts and how to navigate the contemporary marketplace in a classroom environment that imitates the practices of a writers' room. Under the guidance of a professional TV writer, students learn how to identify and capture the tone, characters, dialogue, and themes that make their story unique.
Participants will select one of two specializations:
Introduction to TV Writing; OR
- Intermediate TV Writing for One-Hour Drama/Dramedy
Students at the introductory level write a series outline and the first act of the pilot script. Intermediate Drama/Dramedy level students write a series outline and the first draft of an original pilot. Students in the Drama/Dramedy track should not expect this to be a polished first draft but will leave with the feedback and tools to further revise this into a fully realized pilot for their portfolios and careers.
In small workshops, students at all levels meet via Zoom twice a week to discuss ideas, break stories, and give feedback and notes on each other’s work. All tracks offer eight units of UCLA credit. Please note that students of all specializations are expected to spend a minimum of 25 hours per week writing outside of class meetings.
At the conclusion of the program, Introduction and Intermediate Drama/Dramedy TV Writing students pitch their TV show ideas to television professionals in the industry for feedback and notes.